Category: writing prompts

prompt 1071

Write a story about a homeless man who carries three small pots with him, each containing a sapling.

prompt 1069

I awoke to the sound of shattering glass.

prompt 1067

Write a dialogue in which one character has done something that has betrayed the trust of the other character. The wronged character knows about the betrayal, but the betrayer doesn’t know they know. Challenge: don’t mention the actual betrayal. Have the exchange be about something else.

prompt 1066

Write an origin story for an unusual creature. Use the five senses in your description of its coming into being.

prompt 1065

There’s always a siren, singing you to shipwreck. Some of us may be more susceptible than others are, but there’s always a siren. It may be with us all our lives, or it may be many years or decades before we find it or it finds us. But when it does find us, if we’re lucky we’re Odysseus tied up to the ship’s mast, hearing the song with perfect clarity, but ferried to safety by a crew whose ears have been plugged with beeswax. If we’re not at all lucky, we’re another sort of sailor stepping off the deck to drown in the sea. 

                                          ― Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl

prompt 1064

There are those who, when you tell them your heart’s desire, will do everything in their power to make sure you don’t get it.

Join Our #InstaWrimo Instagram Challenge This March!

The month of March is almost upon us, which means that Camp NaNoWriMo will be here soon!

If you’ve never participated in Camp before, it’s an online writing retreat that we run every April and July. It’s kind of like November’s rebellious little sister: you can set your own goal, work on any kind of writing project (it doesn’t have to be a novel), and join a cabin to chat and write with other Wrimos.

This March, we’d like to get the awesome NaNoWriMo community excited about Camp by taking part in a month-long Instagram challenge hosted by us. All you need to join in is an Instagram account.

  • Follow @NaNoWriMo on Instagram.
  • They say a picture is worth a thousand words (and you know we’re always keeping an eye on that word count), so we’ve come up with 31 photo prompts listed in the graphic above to get you thinking about your writing habits and the tools in your creative backpack for the month of March. We’ll post the full challenge prompt on Instagram, but it will also be available in this post if you need to refer back to it.
  • Much like Camp NaNoWriMo itself, there aren’t any strict rules. These prompts are just suggestions—you don’t have to be literal, though if you want to take these prompts very literally, that can result in some fun pictures, too. You can post a photo for each of the prompts, or choose just a few. You can post one every day, or all at once. Again, much like Camp, the most important part is having fun.
  • Make sure to tag any posts with the #InstaWrimo hashtag so we can find them! We’ll pick photos from the challenge to feature on our own Instagram account throughout the month. This will be a fun way to think about your writing projects and get back into the swing of things: Where do you like to write? Who do you like to write with? What makes you happy about your writing?
  • Use your imagination, get creative, and get ready to write! (Image text detailed below)

IMG: A graphic labeled “Trail Map to Camp NaNoWriMo: an #InstaWrimo challenge from @nanowrimo”, and featuring the following prompts:

  1. Your Writing Inspiration
  2. Shelfie
  3. Writing Tools
  4. Current Book
  5. Where in the World?
  6. Thinking Cap (or Outfit)
  7. Writing Buddy
  8. Favorite Fictional Heroine
  9. Character Quote
  10. Writing Music
  11. Marginalia
  12. Vision Board
  13. Writing Beverage
  14. Writing Snack
  15. Author Photo
  16. Notes and Research
  17. At the End of the Rainbow
  18. Cover Art
  19. Story Map or Outline
  20. Your Writing Desk
  21. Current Mood
  22. Come as Your Character
  23. Writer’s Block Un-blocker
  24. Your Writing Heroes
  25. Sneaky Writing
  26. Your First Story
  27. Plot Bunny
  28. Something to Celebrate!
  29. Writer in the Wild
  30. Poem
  31. The Beginning of a Writing Adventure

prompt 1062

Your character goes outside on a clear night. Looking up, they see a bright falling star streak across the sky. What wish do they make? Write the scene.

prompt 1061

Give your character a pet that helps with character development of that character. The pet should have a personality, even if it only appears in a few scenes. What kind of personality would complement your character?

prompt 1060

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun. 
                                                            ― Pablo Picasso